Michelle’s Pasta Salad

This comes from one of our fabulous readers. Thanks to Michelle for taking the time to send in a submission for my grilling project! She says that she brings this to potlucks, but always ends up coming home with an empty container. You know it must be good!

Michelle’s Pasta Salad  

1 16oz. package garden rotini  (Aldi has usually)
1 bottle Aldi Fit and Active Italian
½ cup chopped red onion
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup sliced baby carrots
½ pkg frozen vegetable blend (broccoli, cauliflower etc)
1  can black olives, sliced  (use 1/2 can)
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain pasta and allow hot water to collect in another bowl.  Rinse pasta with cold water to chill quickly and drain well.

Meanwhile put onions and frozen veggies in the hot water from the pasta and let sit for a few minutes to soften onions and vegetables.  Drain well.

Combine all ingredients – you will not use the entire bottle of Italian dressing at first.  After chilling for a few hours, add the remainder of the bottle. 

One Response to “Michelle’s Pasta Salad”

  1. Ann at mommysecrets — May 30, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    Here’s another pasta salad with Aldi’s ingredients:

    12oz rotini noodles
    ½ bottle Aldi Fit and Active Italian
    1 green pepper, chopped
    2 dozen pepperoni slices, quartered
    4 chicken breasts, diced
    8oz cheddar cheese, cubed

    Cook pasta according to package directions, and cool completely.

    Combine all ingredients, and voila, you have an easy picnic dinner. This keeps well for leftovers, though it sometimes needs a little more dressing to freshen it up.

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